Sunday, May 31, 2015

#BaaBaaBachelorette Recap

I basically wish my bachelorette party never ended. It takes all of my strength to not just Instagram pictures from it EVERY SINGLE DAY, because it really was everything a bachelorette party should be. My best friends, 1 million jokes, truth or dare (though - shout out to Bianca for being the only one who said dare), margaritas, more margaritas, inappropriate conversations in public places, shenanigans. You know. Bachelorette party stuff!

My friend Rachel brought a Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 and it honestly was the most fun part. I really love taking pictures, but there is something so gratifying about having it print that exact second. And the retro vibe of the film really fit in with the hotel. Though, would a film camera ever stop us from documenting every minute via iPhone? Never.

I'll admit, there are some photos that I won't ever put on the Internet. (Duh.) But here are a few favorites from the weekend:

















Some noteworthy tidbits from the weekend:

The Saguaro knew it was my bachelorette party (we signed up for the Girls Getaway package, and Lindy called ahead) and when we arrived... there were streamers, blow up toys (like flamingos wearing leis and a bottle of Fireball... though that should have been more of a warning sign than anything), and a nice card. It was so fun! Truly, this hotel was the perfect location for an event like this.

We enjoyed dinner at Tinto, which is located in The Saguaro. HOLY COW. So delicious. We ordered maybe 300 tapas to share and it all was so tasty. And the service was wonderful. Would 100% recommend.

Nightlife in Palm Springs was a little weird/elusive, but that's fine. The Ace was closed for a private event (boo!), as were many of the other suggestions we received, so we found ourselves wandering for awhile. If, like us, you go with hopes of dancing. the Village Pub seemed to be the place to do it. Though, be warned, the doormen are very rude. But the bartenders are nice! So I guess it was a wash.

Anyways, we're now just under two weeks until the big day (WHOA DUDE) so I may be blogging a ton to avoid all responsibility, or I might be a little quiet around here while I get everything finished.

Major thanks to the following ladies for the photos (and for attending!!): @lindymerida // @rbeck09 // @tinalimeade // @tinaheileman // @julzjls // @afabchallenge

Thursday, May 21, 2015

#BaaBaaBachelorette Welcome Bags

My bachelorette party was a few weeks ago, and it's safe to say it was absolutely the most fun I've ever had. EVER. I'll be sharing a few of my favorite photos this week, and you can find (almost) all of the shenanigans on Instagram. #BaaBaaBachelorette -- you know, as in the noise that little lambs make? As in I'm going to be a Lamb soon? Lindy, my Maid of Honor, thought of it and it's one of the 1 million reasons I'm obsessed with her. SO. FUNNY.

I felt really honored that my bridesmaids would even be bridesmaids in the first place, let alone travel somewhere for me, so I wanted to make sure it would be a fun event. (The girls live all over - Boise, Seattle, SF, and Austin.) Having spent many a weekend in Vegas in my early twenties, I felt like that was the wrong choice for me. (Been there, done that.) Napa - and a limo to take us to 100 wineries - could be great, but I felt too much guilt making them all come to me when I would just be driving a short distance over the bridge. I realized that Palm Springs would be the perfect locale. Warm weather, good food, and a relaxing pool day. (Leave it to me to choose the one hotel with a Vegas-style pool party, but more on that later.)

To thank everyone for their travels AND welcome them to the party, Lindy and I worked together to create some welcome bags for everyone. I remembered to snap a few photos to share here. (Though they're only iPhone and it was getting dark, so... ugh!) Hopefully this post will offer up a few ideas for your next girls' getaway!

WHAT TO INCLUDE: 




1. A CUTE TOTE: I got one that has my mantra on it. Because pizza IS cheaper than therapy and it fixes EVERYTHING. I snagged it at Forever21 and it has since sold out, but this one is pretty similar. These are essential to hold all the goodies, but can also be used for the pool later in the weekend.

2. SUNGLASSES + CASE: Since we'd be in the sun, I knew sunglasses were a must. And the heart ones were perfect! Those have ALSO sold out (rats!!) but this pair or this pair are just as cute. As for the case? It's still available and totally fabulous. (Click here to purchase!)


3. BEAUTY SUPPLIES: I included a few things in this department - it is my speciality after all! A cute comb to conquer pool hair, and hair ties from my all-time favorite line - Mane Message. (I loved the pop of color they added to the bags!) I also was sure to include sunscreen and aloe vera, as well as an aloe vera sheet mask because a long day in the desert always calls for some light rejuvenation. For the evening, I made sure each girl had a Bare Minerals lip gloss. I tossed it all in a PALM print beauty bag (duh!) which might be my favorite ever. I'll be using it for years to come!



4. TEQUILA: This speaks for itself. I added a cute straw and made sure that we had Squirt to make little margs in the room. (If we had been driving somewhere, I would have made it into a little gift box with a lime and mini marg mix. Blame TSA and luggage restrictions!!) And it's not a party unless someone invites Patron... though if you'd asked us on Sunday, we might have disagreed. Which leads me to...

5. A RECOVERY KIT: I found these little "I Regret Nothing" bags on Etsy and knew I HAD to include them. First of all, adorable. Second of all, necessary. Advil and Alka Seltzer were a saving grace after a long weekend.

Tune in tomorrow for my favorite pics from the weekend!